Medical Cannabis Users Feel ‘Elbowed Out’ By Canada’s Legalization

Article by Jon Rumley, Huffington Post

BUSINESS 07/14/2019 09:15 EDT | Updated 4 hours ago Medical Cannabis Users Feel 'Elbowed Out' By Canada's Legalization The lack of supply concerns Canadians who rely on the medicine. By Jon Rumley TINNAKORN JORRUANG/ISTOCK VIA GETTY IMAGES Some medical cannabis patients rely on marijuana oils for pain relief.

Cindi Olsen was a medical cannabis patient when that was the only way to legally access the drug in Canada.

Nearly nine months after marijuana became legal for all Canadians, the breast cancer survivor is starting to feel like medical users have been left behind.

“It feels like we’ve been elbowed out,” she admitted.

The Cambridge, Ont., woman was diagnosed with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, a long-term side effect from cancer treatment.

“I was left with this really painful condition and I’m in a situation now where I’m totally disabled …. I have really severe limitations,” Olsen explained. “And because it’s nerve pain, it’s really difficult to manage.”

She was given anti-seizure medications, anti-depressants and opioids to cope, but she soon realized none of that was working for her.

“With the opioids, I’m frequently sick to my stomach,” she said, revealing that she’d throw up four or five times a day and was unable to get off her couch.

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